Syria rejects UN criticism of barrel bombs, says ‘technical’ issue

A Syrian woman and youths, one of them carrying a wounded baby, flee the site of a reported barrel-bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo. File photo

Syria rejected a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution condemning its aerial bombing tactics record on Thursday, saying the use of barrel bombs was a “technical” issue that was no business of the Geneva-based body. 

The United States and 10 European and Arab countries backed the resolution decrying the use of chemical weapons such as chlorine gas and the Syrian authorities’ use of cluster munitions, ballistic missiles and barrel bombs. 

Syrian Ambassador Hussam Eddin Aala said critics of Damascus were hypocrites who were supporting the “terrorists” on Syrian soil and said their resolution was selective and biased. 

He said trying to involve the Council in their own political agendas “by using fabricated pretexts such as the humanitarian situation and the so-called use of explosive barrels is a conduct that detracts from the Council’s credibility and seriousness – pushing (it) to intervene in technical issues”.


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